Since 31 July, the European Commission has provided 40 million euro (33.5m
GBP) in humanitarian aid for the flood victims in Pakistan (see
IP/10/1048). In the last twelve months, the Commission has provided a total
of 111.25 million euro (93.1m GBP) in humanitarian aid for people in need in
Pakistan, not including today's announced request.
The Commission’s humanitarian aid and civil protection department (ECHO) has
a support office in Islamabad. ECHO experts closely follow the developments in
the humanitarian situation and monitor the use of the Commission's relief
The Commission-funded humanitarian projects are implemented by
non-governmental relief organisations, specialised UN agencies and the Red
Crescent movement. Activities covered
include health, food, water and sanitation, (emergency) shelter and non-food
items (blankets, plastic sheets, hygiene sets, kitchen sets, etc.).
Relief partner organisations which have received funds or are in the process
of receiving imminent support include Acted, ActionAid, Concern, Cordaid,
Danish Church Aid, Hope87, International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC),
International Organisation for Migration (IOM), International Rescue Committee
(IRC), Merlin, Oxfam and Save the Children.
EU Civil Protection action
The EU Civil Protection Mechanism was activated on 6 August. The Monitoring
and Information Centre (MIC) within ECHO is in touch with the 31 countries
participating in the Mechanism, of whom several are providing in-kind
assistance to Pakistan (eg water purification units, emergency health kits,
tents, electric generators). A MIC liaison officer is in the ECHO office in
Islamabad to facilitate the coordination of EU civil protection assistance and
to liaise with the UN system.
The commissioner's press conference can be viewed at: http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm
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